Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 25:
Rasagola-the syrupy sweet existed in Odisha before the eighth century, the expert committee formed by the state government is learnt to have claimed in its report.
However, the committee in its report has advised the government for more research on the claim.
Moreover, experts have claimed of rasagola being cited in ‘Dandee Ramayana’ the Odia adaptation of the Valmiki Ramayana by sage poet Balarama Das, the eldest of the Panchasakhas in the 15th century.
Science and Technology Minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi has directed director Biotechnology to gather facts on the claim. The director Biotechnology has begun work on this count, sources said.
Further, Dandee Ramayana has featured in World e-Book of 1921 published by Calcutta University which has mention of rasgola’s association with traditions and practices associated with Lord Jagannath, claimed Asit Mohanty, a renowned scholar, and researcher on Jagannath cult and practices.
Besides, the MSME department has begun processing for Geographical Indication (GI) of Pahala and Salepur rasagola.